I also give talks...
I studied applied science in biotechnology, (final research project at the University of Nottingham, UK) and after working in the pharmaceutical industry, I decided to go on a quest to find other life aspirations. This has taken me to different continents, allowed me to work for numerous businesses such as Amazon.com and humanitarian organisations in Africa, to name just a few, and, most importantly, gave me the opportunity to work with many talented and interesting people.
I have now decided to share my passion for space science with the general public. In doing so, I write books for Springer International and get to spend months researching a chosen topic and interviewing leading scientists at space agencies and universities worldwide. If that wasn't great enough, I also give talks and workshops at schools and public outreach events.
I am a contributing editor for the Sherwood Observatory.
I was born in Belgium, speak French and English, and have lived in the USA, the UK, and Hong Kong.
Why Notes from Callisto?
No, this is not the title of my next book but is instead a way for me to share with you my fascination for the Galilean moons, these giant natural satellites that orbit Jupiter. And in particular Callisto.
Sometimes referred to as the dead moon for having one of the most cratered surfaces in our Solar System, Callisto is nevertheless one of the most promising places for a future human settlement in space. As moons come by, Callisto is huge. It is actually the third biggest that we know of - almost as big as planet Mercury! - giving it enough gravity to tie things down to the surface; although, at only 1/8 of Earth's gravity, we will still have to learn to live in a low gravity environment (a showstopper in the human colonisation of space by the way).
Callisto has other key attributes that will make future astronauts want to say home sweet home. These include its proximity to Jupiter which holds vast reserves of hydrogen and helium, both fuels for fusion reactors, and not being subjected to the wrath of Jupiter's lethal radiation (only 0.01 rem/day) as opposed to the other giant Jovian moons Ganymede, Europa and Io.
Callisto also holds an abundance of water reserves (it's an ocean world!), lacks any geological activity (no moonquakes), and is an ideal transport hub due to its relatively low gravity well, making mining trips to the small, but mineral-rich Jovian moons cost-effective. Finally, it is a great outpost for teleoperating scientific missions to the potential life-bearing moon Europa.
That's all nice you're going to tell me, but what does all this have to do with me and my website? Well, while humanity is not on Callisto yet, I am! And it's here, on this giant moon orbiting Jupiter, settled in a small but cosy habitat somewhere near Valhalla crater in the northern hemisphere, where I write my books, articles, and stories.
I hope you'll like reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!